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Material reductionist façade shows cracks

See Chemist Shows How RNA Can Be the Starting Point for Life.

The article reports that an English chemist, John D. Sutherland, has found a way to cause nucleotides (the building blocks of RNA, i.e. the building blocks of life) to form naturally, as they would have done on the primitive Earth - thwarting a problem has long tripped up scientists looking at the origins of life.

This was a 10-year effort and involved working methodically through every possible combination of starting chemicals - and it is reported that the winning combination was particularly counter-intuitive.

Dr Sutherland said:

"My assumption is that we are here on this planet as a fundamental consequence of organic chemistry. So it must be chemistry that wants to work." [italics added]

Oh my! Dr Sutherland! You shouldn't have! Are you saying there is some kind of creative principle at work in these mere ... chemicals?
"What separates me from most so-called atheists is a feeling of utter humility toward the unattainable secrets of the harmony of the cosmos."
- Albert Einstein to Joseph Lewis, Apr. 18, 1953

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